I like to buy new workout things—often it does not work in my (bank account’s) favor, either because it’s junk or I don’t use it.
I get questions all the time from clients about what I think about regarding the effectiveness of P90X, Insanity, BodyRock, 10 Minute Trainer, Jillian Michaels’ workouts, the Bender Ball, and….you get the picture.
Usually my response is that most of those gadgets and programs actually will help you improve your fitness, but they really only work if you use them. Also, a person’s starting point is really important—I wonder how many bazillion people have wasted money on P90X, only to figure out that they need to get in shape before they do the program? I’m not knocking P90X—I did it in 2008, and got some rockin’ abs out of the process. I’ve also had several clients complete the whole thing (some more than once). But I’ve also had a lot of people buy it (or bootleg it) and never do more than one or two (or ten) workouts.
Enter: The Ugi Ball
My friend Lisa told me about the Ugi Ball, and after I did a little research on it, it seemed like a really great idea. I’ve always liked medicine balls, and I’ve always liked the concept of stability balls (but not so much in practical application). The Ugi is an oversized medicine ball with some squish to it!
I bought the 12lb ball because they were out of stock in 10lb (they also offer 6 and 8). The 12lb ball is a little heavy for me in a couple of the moves where my arms are extended or where they move through an extended (horizontal) position…but I can work with it and modify (till I get stronger!).
At first glance, the Ugi Ball appears way overpriced. I spent $189 for the ball, the workout flipbook, DVD, and the interval timer. However, I tend to measure cost on a per-use basis. If I use the Ugi Ball 189 times (and I’ve already knocked off 10 or so), then it’s only costing me a dollar per use (shipping was free through Amazon Prime). I know Zuzana on BodyRock.tv has a tutorial on how to make your own Ugi ball, so you could try that if that’s your kind of thing (it’s not mine).
The interval timer is a standard GymBoss timer, but it just has the Ugi website and logo printed on the front instead of Gymboss (that’s printed on the side).
Here are the instructions inside the Flip Book:
Here are a few ways you can vary the workout for you. Instead of doing 30 exercises for one-minute each, five times a week…
- do each exercise for 30-seconds, which will give you a 15-minute workout
- do each exercise for 45-seconds and stretch or rest for 15-seconds, which will give you a 30-minute workout
- increase your speed within the minute
- put two days together to make a one-hour total body workout, three days a week
- vary the workout with yoga or another intense fitness activity one or more days a week
- Instructions are super easy to understand
- Exercises are good, simple, effective (and they make me sweat)
- The time is totally customizable
- There are a whole range of other things you can do with the Ugi besides just what is provided (bodyrock.tv uses Ugi)
- You may not want to splurge on the cost of this
- It’s home exercise equipment—if you don’t use it consistently or as part of a larger plan, it won’t work
- The smaller balls come in colors I am not a fan of
- I haven’t done more than 15 minutes at once yet. There are times when I would get bored with doing 30 minutes straight (but not because it’s too easy!).